Today I’m so happy to back with my Cucicucicoo’s Eco Crafters and Sewing series with the one and only Allison from Sweater Doll! Allison is a US expat, like me, living in Australia and creates the best fabric dolls and softies ever. Seriously, next time you’re considering buying a Barbie or other doll, check out Allison’s patterns for fashion dolls. They are simple, customizable dolls with all sorts of clothing items to sew for them. So cool!
I also love Allison’s philosophy on environmental friendliness and using non-toxic materials. She is a big fan of upcycling fabrics and has written about the dangers of using polyfill stuffing in softies and other stuffed sewn items. Her article on natural fiberfills really made an impression on me, and I am now vetoing all sythetic fills in my work and sourcing local wool stuffing instead.
I asked Allison months ago to contribute a tutorial for this series, and she came up with this amazing project repurposing gloves. My kids nearly went bezerk when they saw the pictures! Alas, it was mid-July and I was sweltering. (Remember, July is full-on winter in Australia and full-on summer in Italy!) Here I was publishing posts on how to stay cool in the summer, and the mere idea of gloves made me suffer.
So Allison waited patiently for me to get my act together and stop feeling so hot, until I finally felt ready to publish her tutorial. In the end, the timing is probably better this way, because in these in-between seasons in either hemisphere, people are either putting gloves into storage or taking them out from storage. And so, without further ado, here’s Allison with her “Jumping with Jurassic Joy!” upcycled glovosaur tutorial!